Canada Nickel (TSXV: CNC) (OTCQX: CNIKF) announced that its latest test results support the incorporation of carbon capture and storage into the Crawford Nickel Project. The company’s In-Process Tailings (IPT) Carbonation process is a novel method for generating a significant decrease in mining emmissions and has transformative potential for the entire mining sector. The latest test work reveals that existing process streams can be used for IPT Carbonation which Canada Nickel believes should allow it to be timely and cost effectively engineered and incorporated into the mining process.
With a major catalyst, the integrated feasibility study for the Crawford project, expected in the second quarter of 2023, Canada Nickel is well positioned to be ready for construction to begin once all necessary permits are received by mid-2025.
Mark Selby, Chairman and CEO of Canada Nickel commented:
“We believe the Crawford Project has the potential to be a case study in how critical minerals are developed in Ontario and Canada. Crawford is poised to support the energy transition through the large-scale production of critical minerals, including nickel and cobalt, and to become the sole North American producer of chromium, while also supporting the country’s climate objectives through large scale carbon capture and storage.”
Canada Nickel believes that incorporating IPT Carbonation could potentially allow a part of their project capital expenditures to become eligible for the carbon capture and storage refundable investment tax credits of 37.5% to 60% from 2022-30 and 18.75% to 30% form 2031-40 announced in Canada’s 2022 federal budget documents. The company believes it can demonstrate that mineral sequestration is an effective carbon storage approach that would meet Environmental and Climate Change Canada requirements.
Canada Nickel has successfully tested the regional exploration potential at Reid, Deloro, Sothman and Reaume, which are hosted in the same mineralization as Crawford – offering the same potential for integrated carbon capture and storage.
The company believes that these conditions set the stage for a Zero Carbon Industrial Cluster in the Timmins-Cochrane region.
IPT Carbonation – Crawford Nickel Project
Canada Nickel’s Crawford Project is hosted in ultramafic rock, which naturally absorbs and sequesters CO2.
The potential to actively capture and sequester carbon was a key consideration in Canada Nickel’s acquisition of the 42 km2 of target ultramafic rocks in the Timmins area which could anchor a zero-carbon industrial cluster in Timmins.
Canada Nickel has developed a simple active process that utilizes tailings as generated in the milling process and injects a concentrated source of CO2 for a brief period of time.
This novel process for accelerated mineral carbonation is called In Process Tailings Carbonation or IPT Carbonation, which fixes CO2 geologically while the tailings are still in the processing circuit, rather than after they have been finally deposited.
The Company believes that, given its relative simplicity, this process could be scaled up with availability of concentrated (rather than atmospheric) sources of CO2. This CO2 could potentially be delivered by downstream processing of Crawford concentrates, a wide range of industrial processing activities, green hydrogen production, or carbon capture facilities.
The process demonstrates the potential to produce NetZero NickelTM and NetZero CobaltTM for the EV industry, NetZero IronTM and chromium for the stainless-steel industry and generate substantial carbon credits during the process.
The Company believes that the need for a concentrated source of CO2 for this process and the substantial CO2 capture and storage capacity potential of its ultramafic land position could form the basis for an entire Zero Carbon Industrial Cluster in the Timmins-Cochrane region.
The latest results from further lab scale testing at Kingston Process Metallurgy (“KPM”) confirmed that a blend of tailings expected to be produced by Crawford and thickened to an expected operating tailings density could be successfully carbonated with the IPT Carbonation process – it is a significant result to demonstrate the process at higher solids densities as the pulp density and the tailings residence time will be a key driver of the process capital and operating costs.
The testing also attempted to understand what ultimate carbon capture potential is possible and the test resulted in 37 tonnes of CO2 captured per tonne of nickel – 34 tonnes of that amount was captured within 25 hours. The 37 tonne figure is believed to represent a potential maximum and there is no certainty that such amount could be achieved in commercial operation (See Figure 1).
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